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Meghann K. Smith, Esq. is the Director, Commercial Division at ADR Systems of America, LLC. Meghann has more than 10 years of professional experience in the dispute resolution field. Meghann administers mediations, arbitrations, and special master assignments for all types of cases, including business/commercial, construction, employment, professional malpractice, and complex discovery disputes.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Director of Commercial Services, ADR Systems, 2009 – present
  • Senior Case Manager, ADR Systems, 2006 – 2009
  • Intern, ADR Systems, 2003 – 2006

Representative Matters 

  • Numerous complex construction defect mediations involving multiple parties and multiple mediation sessions
  • Complex commercial arbitrations involving business dissolutions, contract disputes, real estate disputes, insurance coverage issues, employment disputes, construction defect claims and an international dispute over sales commissions owed
  • Negotiated a long-term contract with a national jury consulting company to provide mock arbitrators for mock arbitrations involving Fortune 500 companies nationwide
  • Administered complex special master assignment involving e-discovery

Professional Activities

  • Member, Chicago Building Congress, Future Leader Section, 2012 – present
  • Moderator, “The Effective Use of Alternative Dispute Resolution in the E-Discovery Maelstrom,” Chicago Bar Association ADR Committee Seminar, 2012
  • Chicago Bar Association, Chair of ADR Committee, 2010-2012; Vice-Chair, 2009-2010; Young Lawyers Section, Member 2009-present
  • Speaker on panel regarding ADR Trends for John Marshall Law School Students, 2009
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association, ADR Committee and Young Lawyers Section 2009 – present


  • Illinois State Bar


  • B.S., Indiana University
  • J.D., John Marshall Law School

For more information about ADR Systems, read Our Story.

Judge McNamara was instrumental in settling a very difficult and contentious case. Although I disagreed with certain (not all) of Judge McNamara’s legal positions, she expressed her opinions in a way that got my clients to focus on other things besides their dissatisfaction. There was nothing but bad blood between the parties, and Judge McNamara appealed to the better nature of both sides to resolve their differences. These intangibles, plus her experience, social skills, and ability to translate the process to the parties in an understandable way from a judge’s perspective, were all instrumental in settling the case.

John P. Quall, Esq.Law Office of John P. Quall